Walla Walla Public Schools staff and students join Americans across the country in observing National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. This time of the year is an opportunity to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
“We are excited and honored to recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month, as we celebrate the students, families and communities in our schools that enrich our lives and inspire us,” said Dr. Julie Perron, Director of Equity and Dual Programs. “This month, in particular, we will spotlight on the district’s various news feeds a few of our new staff members who are part of this incredible heritage.”
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.